Are you interested in having solar panels installed at your home? Customer-members who want to generate their own electricity can participate in SMECO’s net metering (generator interconnection) program.
Regulated by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), net metering programs encourage investment in renewable distributed generation and provide a uniform interconnection application process for all electric utilities in Maryland.
To participate, a customer-member must submit an application to SMECO detailing the proposed interconnection. Applications must be submitted electronically through our PowerClerk program.
Most customers have a solar system that generates less than 10 kilowatts; however, the net metering program is currently available for solar, wind, biomass, fuel cell, or closed-conduit hydro installations that generate less than two megawatts, and for micro-combined heat and power installations that generate less than 30 kilowatts. Other distributed generation technologies may be eligible to interconnect to SMECO’s system as well, but may not be eligible for net metering.
Is Solar Right for You?
Enter an address and WattPlan will estimate your potential for a rooftop solar array. You will get an estimate of the electricity you can generate and how much you might save each year on your electric bill.
The figures shown are estimates only and do not constitute a guarantee of savings on your electric bill.
You can complete the application process online using PowerClerk.
This step-by-step guide outlines the procedures that SMECO, the customer, and the installer must follow to complete the process.
Interconnection Queue for projects greater than 500kW (Updated December 31, 2019)
- SMECO tariff - Net Metering Rider
- SMECO tariff - Net Meter Aggregation Rider
- SMECO tariff - Generation Interconnection Standards
- A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Electric Systems (NRECA)
- SMECO Connection Requirements
- Electric System Planning Criteria
SMECO’s Solar Power Seminar on Video:
Visit YouTube for tips on installing solar power at your home. Below are topics covered in the video.
- 8:57—SMECO’s Requirements for Renewables
- 13:34—Net Metering and Billing
- 16:26—SMECO Forms and Technical Requirements
- Net metering – A method of crediting customers for excess electricity that they generate.
- Distributed generation – Small, modular, grid-connected or off-grid energy systems located in or near the place where energy is used.
- Renewable energy – Electricity supplied from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, and various forms of biomass. These energy sources are considered renewable because they are continuously replenished.
Safety Around Solar Panels:
Like any other source of electricity, solar panels can pose a hazard. Be aware of the risks and learn how to respond in case of an emergency.
Emergency Backup Generators:
Residential customers who own and operate small emergency generators do not generally need to register with SMECO as long as the generator remains isolated from SMECO’s distribution system. Commercial customers who own similar generators should contact the Cooperative for assistance if SMECO electric service modifications are necessary to accommodate the generator installation. Any generator installed after 1999 that produces more than 1,500 kilowatts may need to apply to the PSC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) exemption. Contact SMECO for more information.
Your SMECO Bill:
If you have solar panels or other means of generating your own electricity, or if you have a smart meter, your SMECO bill will list the amount of energy supplied by SMECO and the energy produced by the panels in excess of what you used.
SMECO Contact Information:
Requests, inquiries, or documents related to interconnections can be e-mailed to Interconnections-Support@smeco.coop.
Links of Interest:
- Maryland Energy Administration - energy.maryland.gov
- Maryland Public Service Commission - www.psc.state.md.us
- Maryland incentives for renewables and energy efficiency - http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program?state=MD
- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners - www.nabcep.org